March 14, 2017
Nothing shows off a grand vista better than a sliding glass door or pair of well-placed French doors. They also encourage natural light and boast easy access to the outdoors. However, it can be a tall order to outfit these high traffic areas with a window treatment that won’t obstruct views or inhibit your comings and goings.
With spring around the corner, your doors are about to get a lot more use. Follow these six tips to give them a drapery facelift that will highlight springtime views without impacting function.
Tiebacks are used to gently lead individual drapery panels away from door hinges and frames. Securing drapery in this way adds an elegant visual aesthetic through soft symmetry. From matching fabric tiebacks to complementary rosette holdbacks, there is variety to help you achieve your ideal look.
Mount your rod far enough above the doorframe that the drapery won’t drag the ground when pulled back and forth. This will help keep your panels clean and prevent them from getting caught in the track of your sliding door. Placing drapery hardware 6-12 inches above the top of the doorframe will also give your ceiling the optical illusion of added height!
Sheer panels made from lace or lightweight fabric are perfect when you want a touch of privacy and all the natural light you can get. Just make sure to choose drapery hardware that’s as light as the panels themselves. Conversely, you can use also heavyweight drapery panels made from sturdy fabrics that hold their own in high traffic areas.
If your doors get constant use, consider adding window treatments that are purely decorative. Side-mounted panels are a good example. They are installed outside your doorframe so as not to inhibit traffic, block the view or get caught in the hinges. No tiebacks required!
Want a window treatment that’s both beautiful and completely unencumbered? Try adding a simple valance. They rest atop your door acting as the focal center of your room, giving it a polished look. All this without hampering operation and leaving you with a clear view of your outdoor space.
Mounting your rod so that it extends well beyond the doorframe is another tactic favored by drapery experts. Doing so can create an impressive wall expanse and easily allows you to control the level of privacy and natural light.
If up until now you’ve been regarding your glass doors as purely functional, spring is the time to give them a fashion overhaul.
Struggling to dress your doors with the perfect window treatments? Contact custom drapery design professionals GP Drapery.